Waste Maid Food Waste Disposer

Last updated date: January 18, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 95 expert reviews, the Waste Maid Waste Maid Food Waste Disposer placed 5th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 31, 2020:
Checkout The Best Garbage Disposal For Apartment for a detailed review of all the top garbage disposal for apartments.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
313 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This is a continuous feed type disposal where you can continuously add food wastes without stopping.
- Disposal XT
March 29, 2019 | Full review
Bio-Shield is another top feature of this product and hinders the growth of bacteria, thereby this preventing odor from building up inside the unit.
- Wise Pick
November 14, 2019 | Full review
It is the best sink disposal with the torque master balanced crushing process, which attributes good turntables and armatures as the heart of the system.
- Dispose Tips
What experts didn't like
The noise insulation capability of this garbage disposal is poor but is totally expected for a low budget disposal.
- Disposal XT
March 29, 2019 | Full review
A bit loud
- Wise Pick
November 14, 2019 | Full review
The waste maid is made up of 99% plastic material except for some parts like mounting neck, internal blades, drive shaft and feed tube which is the negative part in terms of operation.
- Dispose Tips

From The Manufacturer

The Waste Maid Food Waste Disposers are the latest in Advanced Technology Disposers. They exclusively incorporate the Bio-Shield anti-microbial to protect against odors--a feature no other disposer has. Also, with TorqueMaster Balance Grinding System is a combination of computer designed and balanced components working in unison to provide superior torque grind speed and long system life. High speed - high torque permanent magnet motors, balanced turntables, all stainless steel grinding components, stainless steel armature shaft, corrosion proof grinding chamber, laser sharp cutting ring and quieter operation.

Overall Product Rankings

1. InSinkErator Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 15
2. Waste King Garbage Disposal with Power Cord
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 14
3. Moen Compact Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 16
4. Kitchen Aid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 18
5. Waste Maid Food Waste Disposer
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Whirlpool Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 14
7. GE Food Waste Disposer
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Whirlaway Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Garbage Disposal For Apartments

When your garbage disposal stops working, it’s suddenly all too clear how useful an appliance it is. But shopping for a garbage disposal can be complicated. Not only do you have to contend with the cost of a new disposal, but you’ll probably have to pay someone to install it. Before you start looking around, note the brand of disposal you currently have. Some of the most popular brands include features that let you easily slide the old disposal out and replace it with a new one — no professional technician necessary.

The most important feature in any garbage disposal is power. Vicki Liston, host of “On The Fly…DIY,” says the amount of power required depends on how you’ll be using the disposal. If you’re only tossing softer foods and liquids down your disposal, you’ll likely find a ½-horsepower motor will more than suffice. However, for tougher jobs, you’ll need more power.

“I don’t recommend anything less than a ½ horsepower motor,” Liston says. “One-third horsepower units can clog easily, even if you only put soft foods into them.”

Even the most powerful motors can jam occasionally, which is why Liston also recommends choosing a disposal with either an auto-reverse or anti-jam mode. Most disposals come with a reset button in case your unit ever shuts off during a jam. Make sure the model you have not only includes a button, but that you can easily get to that button if you ever need it.

There are two major types of disposals: continuous feed and batch feed. Continuous feed is far more common, so you’ll probably find it tougher to find batch feed models if you prefer that mode. With continuous feed, the motor crunches items up immediately as you add them. Batch feed disposals force you to load all the food in and close it before it starts working. Batch feed disposals are, of course, safer, especially if you have young children, and Liston recommends them unless you have an adults-only household.

DYWM Fun Fact

Garbage disposals have been praised as good for the environment since they reduce the amount of food waste heading to landfills every week. But the food you wash down the drain has to go somewhere. Once ground up, your food particles eventually make their way to your local wastewater treatment plant, where they must be filtered out and either turned into fertilizer or sent to landfills anyway. Another factor getting in the way of eco-friendliness is that having food particles pumped into local water systems may disrupt aquatic life. In addition to the environmental impact, food particles can also create clogs that cities have to work hard to clear.

The Garbage Disposal For Apartment Buying Guide

  • One way to save money is to install the disposal yourself. There are several benefits to leaving it to a professional, though, perhaps the most important of which is that it’s safer. But professional technicians also know local regulations regarding garbage disposal installation. If you opt to DIY, Liston recommends checking into those regulations.

“Even in this day and age your local facilities may either require a permit and or may not even allow you to connect one, based on their capacity to handle food waste,” Liston says.

  • If you’re in an apartment, check your lease to determine whether there are restrictions. If your complex is on a septic system, dropping anything but liquids down your drain can strain the system, forcing it to require pumping more frequently. Septic customers often find they still need to dump most waste into the trash, even with a garbage disposal.
  • Grease and fat are never good for drains, even with a garbage disposal.
  • To keep it operating efficiently, use only cold water when you’re running your garbage disposal.
  • Sink drains and disposals can start to smell after a while, especially if food is lodged inside its parts. Peels from citrus fruits can keep things smelling fresh.
  • If your disposal doesn’t have a reset button, you can insert a wooden spoon into the mouth of the disposal to clear it.
  • Several factors combine to determine how powerful a motor is. In addition to choosing a ½-horsepower motor or better, you should also look at the revolutions per minute (RPM) and the sharpness of the blades.
  • In a smaller apartment, every noise can seem magnified. More powerful motors will often be louder, so it can really help to choose one that features solid insulation.
  • Your disposal will be exposed to plenty of liquids. Over time, that exposure can cause it to corrode. Some disposals build in corrosion resistance to extend their longevity.